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I love autobiographical books especially about music or musicians . However this was just horrible & just vile in places. I found the part when it described the murdering of a cat near the beginning extremely upsetting. I couldn't even finish listening to the end.
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If you could sum up Riff-Raff, Rebels & Rock Gods in three words, what would they be?
Honest , Funny, Cutting edge. I always used to get Sounds, every week from about 1978 until it finished. Mr Bushell was always funny in his reviews and interviews with the stars and not so well known of the day.
What did you like best about this story?
Remembering the way he would write the brtal truth about his exploits with the musos, Legendary drinkers Pete Way , Ozzy et al come across as comedians on stage and after seeing them a few times its true, they are a bunch of nutters. Pete is a really nice guy, i've met him a couple of times, offered him a free drink once and he refused !!! he was busy though. The Iron Maiden section is great and even the bits about Ska bands are goood to listen to although the musics not my pint of bitter. The relentless piss taking of the hapless Ross Halfin (Gross Halfwitt) is a joy to behold
What does Garry Bushell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Even more humour the way he reads it, I could invisage meself in a pub with Gal telling me these stories over several pints of Courage Directors and some cheese n onion crisps.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laughed all the way through it, at some moments i had to pull the wagon into the side of the road and laugh.
Any additional comments?
If you liked Sounds in the 70's /80's, get this , its just what it used to be about, even down to the NME knocking, i did buy that thing once when they had AC/DC on the cover in the 90's. only time ever. Sounds was a big influence on my musical tastes and Geoff Barton and Gary were probably the biggest 2 writers that did influence me. BUY THIS QUALITY ITEM.